Don’t Act Your Age During Healthy Aging Month
Who says you have to act your age? September is Healthy Aging Month, so it’s time to celebrate getting older. You’re never too old to reinvent yourself by focusing on physical health, emotional well-being, or trying something new. The sky’s the limit!
Improve Your Diet
A well-balanced diet is a good practice at any age. We need fewer calories when we’re older because our metabolism slows with age, so focus on fruits and veggies. Five servings of fruits and vegetables a day will cut calories and get you the vitamins and minerals you need.
Avoid a diet with lots of processed food that’s high in sugar, sodium, and fat. And stay hydrated by drinking at least six glasses of water a day.
Change Up Your Physical Activity
Try low-impact exercises like cycling or swimming or take up a new sport like tennis. Yoga and Pilates are excellent options to burn calories while improving your balance as well.
Start slow if you’re unsure where to begin. Try 15 minutes of light exercise, like walking, three to four times a week, to build your endurance. Consult your doctor for advice if you don’t know where to begin.
Joining a new sports club or trying a new activity can put you on the path of making new friends. Regular social interactions prevent isolation and depression and keep your mind engaged – especially during a pandemic.
Stay social while staying safe by:
- Joining remote social or recreational clubs
- Including family and friends in daily activities
- Calling or video chatting with loved ones
- Finding transport services to get you to events
Get Creative, Be Passionate
Have you always dreamed of becoming a painter? Maybe you want to start training for a 5K. Well, there’s no time like the present. You may find you have a hidden talent or passion you didn’t know you had.
Think about what you were passionate about when you were a teenager. Why not pursue those dreams now? Keeping a positive attitude and surrounding yourself with positive people will help you pursue your interests and have fun doing it.
Don’t Skip The Doctor’s Office
Getting an annual check-up and scheduling recommended tests will help keep you healthy. Most diseases are treatable if they’re caught early enough. Take advantage of Telehealth through video chat during the pandemic and make all your appointments while you practice social distancing. Take your medications, vitamins, and supplements as recommended.